The rough collie are known and loved for their phenomenal character, beautiful expression and extraordinary fur, today we wanted to tell you a little about this last aspect. The hair of the rough collie is long and smooth, with a double and very dense mantle that helps to protect it from humidity and extreme temperatures. The outer part of the mantle is harder, while the inner part (undercoat) is softer and more compact.
There are three colors accepted in the standard of the European federations and they are the sand, tricolor and blue-merle. Some white variants are also accepted in the American continent. In Idalehu Collies we have furry friends of these three types of fur.
The sand colored rough collie can be pure sand or carbon. The sand colored specimens have a characteristic golden color that can vary in intensity. This golden color always appears combined to a greater or lesser extent with the white collar typical of this breed.
In the tricolor rough collie the color black predominates. This intense black appears combined with the white collar in addition to white and brown spots distributed between snout, ears, legs and tail.
In these specimens -also referred to as blackbird blue- the predominant color is usually bluish gray mixed with white, black and cinnamon spots.
When breeding rough collies you have to carefully monitor the genetics of the parents. The blue merle gene can give rise to a double merle genetics in which affected individuals would have problems, especially in sight and hearing.